The Iraqi government has started preparing for a large-scale national conference to resolve the country's current political crisis, officials announced Wednesday (December 21st).
Government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh told Al-Shorfa that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki officially called more than 50 leaders, heads of parliamentary blocs, parties, movements and non-parliamentary political figures late Tuesday evening, citing the need for an urgent meeting to discuss recent political developments in Iraq.
"The conference will be frank and without any compliments," al-Dabbagh said. "It will take care of every detail in state management, the security issue and legal violations."
"The government will not discuss issues that lie under the jurisdiction of Iraqi judiciary and will not intervene in them," he said, in reference to assassination-related charges against Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.
Al-Maliki "received positive responses about attending the meeting from most of the officials who were invited to attend the conference, which will be held in Baghdad in the coming hours," al-Dabbagh said.